Good Morning Gentle Readers,
Most kids eat more sugar in an afternoon than TWC does in six months but, lordy, I fell of the wagon last night. But hey, it was St Vals, which is a High Holy Holiday at Casa de las Rocas Grandes, and there was a plethora of chocolate delights.
My Valentine brung me.....Okay, I'll stop right there. I learned that word from my kids. It is the past tense of bring and openly substitutes for brought without a blush from either of those two. Course, I have no idea anyway. Unlike many of my grammar police libertarian friends, I can barely articulate the difference between an adverb and an adjective. I DID know, however, that the voicemail message yesterday from Betty's attorney was just plain wrong. He said he wanted to dialogue with me. Pretty sure dialogue isn't a verb. Is verb the correct term? Maybe that's spelled dialog?
Anyway, Mrs TWC brung me a bottle of 2003 Campomagio Rosso Toscana IGT, which we enjoyed with American Idol and some chocolate. Hey, come High Holy Holiday or high water, no infringement of American Idol is permitted. Don't care that it's simultaneously Tivo'd, the longest viewing delay allowable is just long enough to allow for a fast forward through the commercials.
This Super Tuscan is one of many offerings from the Castellani family. As Chiantis go, the Campomaggio is an exceptionally smooth and full bodied wine with an aroma and taste of raspberries, strawberries, and other red fruit. It's composed primarily of Sangiovese grapes with a little touch of Cabernet and Syrah. Aging for a year in oak provides additional substance along with nuanced vanilla, smoke, and leather for a dry, pleasant, and rather lingering finish.
The wine is ready now and although you could lay it down for a couple of years it may not improve much. Enjoy it with spicy tapas, grilled beef, strong cheeses, or about any Italian dish you'd expect to find at a sidewalk cafe with red checkered table clothes.
Surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, Campomaggio has been producing wine for over a century on 120 acres of vineyards in the heart of the Chianti Classico appellation, midway between Fiorenze (Florence) and Sienna.
I asked Mrs TWC about the wine. She said it tastes like good wine.